InGeneron Expands Development Pipeline with Two Osteoarthritis Programs
Company enrolls first patients in feasibility studies for chronic back pain and wrist osteoarthritis, setting clinical development focus on orthopedic indications
Houston, TX, USA, January 23, 2019 – InGeneron, Inc., a regenerative medicine and cell therapy company, announced today the enrollment of the first patients in two new feasibility studies evaluating InGeneron’s regenerative cell therapy as a way to treat facet joint syndrome, a major cause of chronic back pain, and wrist osteoarthritis. The primary goal of the randomized controlled trials is to demonstrate the safety of the company’s autologous point-of-care cell therapy in treating these indications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of these studies, and patient enrollment has begun. The two new indications complement the company’s lead program in rotator cuff tendinopathy and build upon InGeneron’s focus of developing regenerative cell therapies in musculoskeletal indications.
Facet joint syndrome is an arthritis-like condition of a person’s spine caused by inflammation of the facet joints, leading to degeneration and loss of cartilage. Wrist osteoarthritis can cause bone spurs and cysts in the wrist that lead to cartilage degeneration, inflammation and pain, resulting in reduction of grip strength and a limited range of motion. InGeneron is investigating the use of autologous adipose (fat)-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) as a therapeutic treatment to potentially provide patients with better options than currently available.
InGeneron’s therapeutic approach involves isolating these cells from patients’ own adipose tissue through a minimally invasive liposuction procedure, processing them with the company’s proprietary technology, and injecting the processed cells in the site of the patient’s injury. Each feasibility study will involve the enrollment of 40 patients and includes a group that receives the cell therapy treatment and a control group that receives a corticosteroid injection. The use of corticosteroids is a current standard of care in the treatment of these indications. Patients enrolled in the studies will be monitored through follow-up visits for 52 weeks following the intervention. More information about the studies is available on ClinicalTrials.gov.
“The start of these two feasibility studies represents the potential to address medical needs among people who suffer from osteoarthritic conditions and is an important milestone on InGeneron’s journey to pioneer regenerative cell therapy,” said Angelo Moesslang, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of InGeneron. “Adding osteoarthritis to our clinical programs represents another step into musculoskeletal indications with high numbers of patients and unmet medical needs, and as a result will add strategic value to the company.”
With the addition of the facet joint syndrome and wrist osteoarthritis studies, InGeneron currently has three ongoing orthopedic programs in place. While the new studies have entered the feasibility phase, the company’s clinical lead program in rotator cuff tendinopathy is set to progress with a double-blinded, multi-center pivotal study this year, aiming to enroll 246 patients. Top-line data of InGeneron’s rotator cuff feasibility study, which was reported in December 2018, can be found on the company’s website.
InGeneron is a clinical stage cell therapy company enabling novel, safe and evidence-based regenerative medicine therapies. Our purpose is to set new therapeutic standards by developing treatments that unlock the healing potential of each patient’s own regenerative cells processed at the point of care for same-day application. We focus on helping patients who are impacted by musculoskeletal indications. www.ingeneron.com
Angelo Moesslang, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
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